Worried It's Spam? 5 Things to Look for
- Asks For Sensitive Information
(Personal or Financial) Even banks don't ask for this stuff! Legitimate banks and companies will never ask for personal or financial information in an electronic message.
- Impersonation of Companies or People You Know
Many criminals try to fake the appearance of well-known companies or people that you deal with frequently. Look for the warning signs on this list, even from senders you think you recognize.
- Uses Scare Tactics
(For example: Will delete your account if you do not respond)
- Asks For Money in Advance
- Seems too Good to Be True
You have won a trip!
Beware of unexpected prizes or offer or money – never send money or give personal information to claim a prize.
Spammers are good at crafting professional, personalized messages, however you still might see these in a spam message:
- An unfamiliar sender
- Poor grammar, typos or spelling mistakes
- Generic greetings (For example: Hello Friend)
For more information about Canada's anti-spam law visit: FightSpam.gc.ca
Canada's Law on Spam and Other Electronic Threats.
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